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Old 03-02-2015, 06:30 PM
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Self made poly-sand?

An owner of a very successful construction company told me today that he makes his own polysand for flagstone patios. He saw me unloading 10 bags of gator dust and approached me. Apparently he just buys the poly and mixes it with a ton of aggregate then loads it into one of those large masonry bags. He said that side by side he is probably paying $3-$4 per bag compared to the gator dust @$25 per bag. I looked online but couldn't find the information I needed to start mixing my own.
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Just mix asphalt tar with kiln dried masonry sand.
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:52 PM
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:02 PM
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I guess I'll just ask him... The guy has been installing hardscapes longer than most of us have been alive.
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Why dont you buy couple bags from him? Test it then decide
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Seems like a lot of work to shave just only about $150 off a job. Ain't nobody got time for that
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An owner of a very successful construction company told me today that he makes his own polysand for flagstone patios. He saw me unloading 10 bags of gator dust and approached me. Apparently he just buys the poly and mixes it with a ton of aggregate then loads it into one of those large masonry bags. He said that side by side he is probably paying $3-$4 per bag compared to the gator dust @$25 per bag. I looked online but couldn't find the information I needed to start mixing my own.
$3-4 for just the product or including his time to mix it all? Seems a little low to include getting the product, mixing it, loading it into the bag, and then storing it. I take it hes storing it in a 1 ton super sack? Does he take that out to the job with him, or does he load the sand into something else?

Is he making just one color or multiple colors?

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Seems like a lot of work to shave just only about $150 off a job. Ain't nobody got time for that
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I was thinking the same thing. I can't see how hes at $3-4 a bag after going out to pick up the materials, mixing, loading them into a sack, storing the material (needs to be inside or in a place thats 100% dry otherwise you have 2000# of stone dust thats useless), then take the time and load the sand into buckets or a smaller sack to take to the job. I am sure hes saving some money over the sand from the mfg. but its probably only a few dollars a bag.
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It's kinda like heating your home with wood.

So yeah during the winter we hardly use any electricity because the house is heated entirely by the wood stove. We even get the wood for free. But I also pay my workers to split and stack the wood. And they help with harvesting the wood on my property. So financially even though my electric bill is very low in the winter - it's a wash because of all the work involved in processing the wood.
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Might as well just buy a 90 lb bag of portland for $9 and use that. Way cheaper and sets up reallll good in the joints

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Yah, this whole thing sounds like a bad idea. I'm sure there's a little more to it than just mixing a little regular everyday poly with whatever find aggregate you have locally. I certainly wouldn't put that on any of my jobs.

And like Andy said, you're going to go through all that trouble just to save $150 on a job? Not even worth my time.
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